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New Comics Day catch-up: Blecky, King of the Flies, Mascots, Stigmata, Usagi
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaiRay FenwickPirus and MezzoNew Comics DayLorenzo MattottiJohnny Ryan 18 Jan 2011 3:12 PM

We noticed that our new releases have been omitted from Diamond's shipping lists over the last few weeks, which means they've been arriving in comic shops with little to no notice (which means very few blurbs from the usual blog sources we quote here). We've contacted Diamond about it and we're getting it straightened out (I won't go into the gory details, and I'm not sure if it was a Diamond policy change, but there was a reasonable explanation and solution). Anyhoo, the books below are already out or arriving tomorrow — check with your local shop to confirm availability.

FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4 by Johnny Ryan

FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4
by Johnny Ryan

104-page black & white 5.5" x 7.25" softcover • $11.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-415-3

King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World by Mezzo & Pirus

King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World
by Mezzo & Pirus

64-page full-color 9" x 12.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-390-3

"A surprising and disturbing rumination on sex and violence..." – Chris Butcher, The Beguiling

Mascots by Ray Fenwick

Mascots
by Ray Fenwick

136-page full-color 5.25" x 7.75" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-400-9

"These bright, full-color paintings blur the lines between traditional art and comics, between lettering and language. Each piece in Mascots stands on its own, but it also functions within the context of the other paintings as well, to reveal a larger world." – Benn Ray (Atomic Books ), Largehearted Boy

"Ray Fenwick gives you more typographical mania in Mascots, his follow-up to 2008’s Hall of Best Knowledge. It’s a series of full colour paintings on found book covers. In the preview he seems to be going on and on about Cthulhu and the pronunciation of 'Cthulhu,' but more importantly, he engages in superfluous and plentiful footnotes and thus gets top marks from me." – Gosh! Comics

Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti & Claudio Piersanti

Stigmata
by Lorenzo Mattotti & Claudio Piersanti

192-page black & white 7.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-409-2

"A new work by Lorenzo Mattotti! Little else needs to be said..." – Chris Butcher, The Beguiling

"Finally Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti is available in english for us non-French readers. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for years..." – Martin Flink

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition
by Stan Sakai

1160-page black & white/color 2-volume hardcover 7.5" x 11" x 3" slipcased set • $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-154-1

"The first seven volumes of Stan Sakai's fabled bushido bunny tales are collected in the Usagi Yojimbo Special Edition..." – Cyriaque Lamar, io9

"An amazing treatment of a great comic." – Chris Butcher, The Beguiling

"If you feel like you just can't get enough of Stan Sakai's acclaimed samurai rabbit comic, this 2 volume set should easily tide you over." – Benn Ray (Atomic Books), Largehearted Boy









Things to Bookmark: D.J. Bryant's new LiveJournal
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeMomeDJ Bryant 18 Jan 2011 2:25 PM

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Set your RSS readers for D.J.'s new LJ, where he kicks things off with the above illustration (meow!) and reveals the origins of his story "Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt" in Mome Vol. 19.

Things to See: Tim Lane covers the Riverfront Times
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to see 18 Jan 2011 2:11 PM

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On his Jackie No-Name blog Tim Lane shares his true-crime cover illustration for the next (I think) issue of the St. Louis newsweekly the Riverfront Times, along with his Wally Wood inspiration AND the good news that there will also be a third issue of his self-published comic book series Happy Hour in America!

DAM DVDs at B&N = A+
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Destroy All Movies 18 Jan 2011 1:00 PM

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Thanks to the anonymous employee at the Barnes & Noble in Glendale (CA?) who put together this excellent Destroy All Movies!!! display. Pic by DAM editor Zack Carlson.

Nibbus Maximus: the official video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJim Woodringevents 18 Jan 2011 12:41 PM

Gage Academy of Art, gracious host of the debut performance of Jim Woodring's giant dip pen, presents this snazzy short video of the event produced by Don Porter.

In other Jim news, he just dropped by the office to drop off the last 20 pages of Congress of the Animals. The story is now complete — all that's left is the cover and endpaper illustrations. Days like this always send an electric thrill through our office!

Esther Pearl Watson print for 20x200
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under merchEsther Pearl Watson 18 Jan 2011 11:43 AM

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Esther Pearl Watson's painting The Denny's Parking Lot is now available as a limited-edition archival print in a variety of sizes from 20x200. These go fast so get it while you can!

Comix in the Classroom
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaiFantagraphics BookstoreBlazing Combat 18 Jan 2011 11:15 AM
I'm frequently invited to conduct workshops on comix as an educational tool at regional conferences of K-12 librarians, teachers, and administrators. These educators appreciate the appeal of graphic novels but sometimes lack the familiarity to employ them effectively. Here are some of the conclusions we've reached on the judicious use of comix in school.

Comix are extremely useful as a tool to address students struggling with limited literacy or English as a second language (ESL.) In remedial situations, students are reluctant to be assigned material substantially below grade level. With many comix, the age level is ambiguous, which removes the social stigma associated with reading challenges. Additionally, the illustrations assist with word identification and drive the story in an accessible fashion. Comix are considered cool in school, and can engage students at all literacy levels.

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

The Usagi Yojimbo series is particularly appealing in teaching both ESL and remedial readers. It's a smart, well-paced adventure story about samurai culture in 17th century feudal Japan. These books are attractive to readers of all ages without respect to gender. For adolescents in higher grades, I often suggest Blazing Combat. This anthology contains compelling war stories throughout history, including the American Revolution, Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Viet Nam and others. The stories have historical value and many focus on the futility of armed conflict. In addition, they feature some of the most remarkable artists in comics.

Blazing Combat

Fantagraphics Bookstore stocks dozens of comix and graphic novels suitable to students of all ages. Many of these books concern history, race and social justice, geopolitics, philosophy and other subjects common to K-12 curricula. To arrange an individual consultation or group visit to the bookstore please call Larry Reid at 206.658.0110. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. See you all soon.

Mome Vol. 21: Winter 2011 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTom KaczynskiT Edward BakSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneSara Edward-Corbettpreviewsnicolas mahlernew releasesNate NealMomeLilli CarréKurt WolfgangJosh SimmonsJon AdamsDerek Van GiesonDash Shaw 18 Jan 2011 6:52 AM

Mome Vol. 21: Winter 2011 - cover by Sara Edward-Corbett

Mome Vol. 21 - Winter 2011
by various artists; edited by Eric Reynolds

112-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-394-1

Ships in: February 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Our acclaimed art-comics anthology forges into its 6th year with another diverse and wonderful volume full of returning favorites and a few surprises.

On the cover, a detail from Sara Edward-Corbett's haunting, Gorey-esque tale of nocturnally animate objects. Also in this issue: Steven "Ribs" Weissman's freewheeling, sometimes-satirical, sometimes-deeply-weird webcomic "Barack Hussein Obama" (starring the President of the United States and his associates) makes its print debut; Sergio Ponchione provides another full-color prequel story to his acclaimed series Grotesque (translated from its appearance in Italy's Linus magazine); Josh Simmons is back with more "White Rhinoceros" and one of his unparalleled standalone horror stories; Nate Neal takes us back to the world of his graphic novel The Sanctuary; and we welcome Nick Thorburn, cartoonist and frontman of the acclaimed indie bands Unicorns and Islands.

All this plus: a one-pager from Dash Shaw; a blackly comic fable from Jon Adams; a typically trenchant strip from Tom Kaczynski; new chapters of T. Edward Bak's "Wild Man," Derek Van Gieson's "Devil Doll," and Kurt Wolfgang's "Nothing Eve" serials; a dreamlike tale from Lilli Carré; and more autobiographical vignettes by Nicolas Mahler.

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Things to See: 1/17/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLilli CarréLaura ParkJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJoe KimballJim FloraHans RickheitFrank SantoroDash Shaw 17 Jan 2011 10:01 PM

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• Heads on poles by John Hankiewicz at his Clip Joint blog and Lilli Carré at her Kettle of Fish blog for an eponymous exhibit at Western Exhibitions in Chicago

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Josh Simmons has several new portfolio sites on the web: illustrations, storyboards, commissions (as above), and a store where you can buy some of his older comics

And more Things to See from the past week:

• A glimpse of Frank Santoro's New Values art show at his Cold Heat Comics blog

• Artwork by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Vintage Jim Flora illustrations, sketches & artwork at the Jim Flora blog

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway at his blog

Pages finished and in progress from Noah Van Sciver

Cuteness from Laura Park

• A poster illustration at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Extremely creepy photos from Renee French

Reince Priebus by Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings and animation production artwork from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Hans Rickheit gives you a reminder to spay or neuter yourself

New images from Joe Kimball (be fast, sometimes they don't stay up)

Ellen Forney events in Philadelphia
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEllen Forney 17 Jan 2011 8:48 PM

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Ellen Forney returns to her old hometown of Philadelphia next month at the invitation of the Philadelphia Public Library as part of their featuring the Forney-illustrated book by Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, as part of their citywide reading program. She'll be giving a talk and workshops at a few locations — see her blog for the schedule and details.

 


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